Sunday, December 02, 2007

Finally a Christmas finish - well almost......

After working on what seems like dozens of different projects but not getting anywhere near completion on any of them I've finally come to the end of the first of them.
Well I'm telling a little white lie - I'm halfway through stitching down the binding on the Secret Santa present for my work colleague.
A few people have asked me if it's a purchased pattern or if I've made it up myself.
Well I confess it's entirely my own design. If anyone would like a copy of the pattern I'll happily post them a photocopy in exchange for say a yard of nice fabric of your choice - any takers?
Drop me an email if you're interested. I'm also thinking of working a set of four similar designs but based on the four seasons so watch this space on that, but not until after Christmas.
To complete this particular one I'd convinced myself that I should do a plain border but then Dawn suggested a thin inner border and then broken dishes around so that's what I decided to run with - it finishes up at around 16" square.
The red inner border is slightly wider than I would have liked but I had to do it this depth to get the maths to work out.
I'm delighted with it! (and hope she will be too)
As for home matters the weather here is wet and windy - foul enough for Nick's football to be cancelled which means the lucky boy and his younger sister get to accompany Daddy and I to Sarah's County rugby fixture in neighbouring Devon - rugby players are far less wimpy and cancel fixtures only for earthquakes and tsunamis!!! - which you don't get many of here in the South West of England :o)
I guess it's going to be a very soggy afternoon!

14 comments:

Ruth's Place said...

It looks lovely! I'm sure your giftee will love it.

Tracey in CT said...

I would love to trade you some fabric for a copy of that pattern! I've been wanting to find some cute stitcheries to do, but haven't found any that I love yet..until this one!!
Email me your address and tell me what color/type of fabric you'd like to have! Thanks so much!!

Dawn said...

Oh Anne!!!! It is perfect! I love how it turned out! I do like it with the broken dishes border!

meggie said...

Excellent finish to your wonderful design!
Who could not love that!

ForestJane said...

Looks great - Dawn was right, the broken dishes ads just the right patchwork interest to the embroidered center. :)

atet said...

Oooh -- it's stunning, and the broken dishes are perfect! LOVE the stitchery design, and if you're willing to trade, I'd be willing to send some fabric!

Andrea said...

It's really lovely Anne. Your stitching is soooo good.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I hope you dry out, the embroidery is stunning! You are so smart!!

McIrish Annie said...

Finally catching up to you and as usual, I am exhausted after just READING! Love your little stitchery and would glad send a yard of fabric for a copy! four seasons sound wonderful and would make a lovely wallhanging.

Put my name in for a copy and let me know what type of fabric you would like. !

julieQ said...

Such a very pretty Christmas quilt. I bet it is fun to make!!Let me know your address and I can send whatever you need...

julieQ

Rose Marie said...

Well done you .... and what a great idea for continuing your design into the four season swap!

Carol E. said...

She will LOVE it. If not, take it back and raffle it off here. You'll make a fortune.

Feather on a Wire said...

This is lovely --- and you did some piecing. I know how you love that!

Tanya said...

Very, very nice! Someone is going to be so happy! The border is great too! I'll be looking forward to seeing your other designs!